DESCRIPTION. Set on farmland and established in 1998 this privately owned complex has four lakes to fish encompassing over 100 pegs. The Main Lake has carp to 25 lb, bream to 7 lb, tench to 4 lb, roach, rudd and crucians to 1 lb 8 oz plus a large head of skimmers. Frog Hall for carp to 27 lb, tench to 3 lb, perch to 2 lb plus roach and rudd to 1 lb 8 oz. Emily’s and Oscar’s are similarly stocked with carp to 10 lb, bream to 3 lb, roach and rudd to 1 lb 8 oz plus trout to 3 lb. There is also a lengthy stretch of the River Calder on site.
TACTICS. Try for the bigger carp, especially on the Main and Frog Hall lakes to legered hair-rigged boilies or luncheon meat. On Oscar’s and Emily’s float fish soft pellet, over micro pellet feed, for good mixed catches including lots of carp. Float fish maggot, caster or single grains of corn close in or to the far bank for crucian carp and plenty of silver fish.
GOOD SWIMS. On the Main Lake pegs 2, 16 and 22 have some very consistent form, anywhere can produce on the other lakes.
TICKETS. Adults £6.50, under-16s £5.50, after 1pm sessions £4.50, all permits on the bank. Fishing 6am to 8pm only. For all enquiries speak to Dick on: 01924 892251 or 07958 451797. Disabled access. Barbless hooks only. Food outlets nearby. No keepnets. Toilets. North East byelaws. Closed on Mondays except for Bank Holidays, otherwise open all year.
LOCAL TACKLE SHOP. Outwood Angling Tackle 2U, Wakefield, WF1 2JL. Tel: 01924 835443.
LOCATION. From Wakefield/Leeds turn left off the A642 Aberford Road towards Stanley Ferry, signed Altofts and Normanton. Pass the Ship pub, go over two bridges, up the hill and when you reach two white cottages turn left into Birkwood Farm and follow the signs to the fishery.
SAT NAV. WF6 2JE.